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Cave of Machpelah

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As an eighteen year-old college student, I had only begun to wade in the waters of Jewish observance when I made my first visit to Israel in 1972...
Suddenly, amidst all the noise, a wail pierced through the heavens. Mama Rachel, hearing her children’s cries, began weeping bitterly for her children. She was inconsolable. Her children were in pain!
Poor brides lacking the requisite necklace had been known to weep for shame on their wedding days; some even ran away so as to avoid the embarrassment.
Return of the Brothers, On The Way to Egypt, Jacob Meets Joseph, Jacob Visits Pharaoh, Jacob’s Last Request, Jacob Blesses Joseph’s Children, Jacob’s Death, Jacob’s Burial, Esau’s Death, Joseph’s Pledge to His Brothers, Joseph’s Death
Adam’s Death, Seth’s Children, Enoch, Methuselah
If you ended up on the upper story, consider yourself lucky. If you find yourself on the lower level, consider yourself luckier.
How much land does “400 silver shekels” buy?
When the outrageous suggestion was made by a Jew to officially divide the Cave of the Patriarchs in half, a Muslim stood up and made a commotion: “The structure around the cave was converted into a mosque over 1,300 years ago...
The Rebbe provides an interpretation of Rashi’s commentary that overturns nearly a thousand years of presumed understanding.
Abraham appreciated a simple yet sometimes difficult truth: if you want to make something truly yours, you must pay for it.
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